Race #354 – Five Kahne 5k – Charlotte, NC – 10/09/16

2016-five-kahne-logoThis was the 7th year of Kasey Kahne’s 5k race but the first time I’ve run it. The venue is just outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday morning, and the weather was near perfect after the skies had cleared from Hurricane Matthew, which had wreaked havoc for several days and caused most Saturday races across the state to be canceled.


Linda came along and ran her first race in a while, and we parked in the Hall of Fame parking garage, which was convenient but there was a five dollar fee for parking. The size of the race was quite a bit smaller this year with only 230 finishers as opposed to last year’s crowd of 325 finishers. I’m not sure why there was such a drop-off in participation, but it’s a great 5k with great awards and good free food provided by PDQ after the race.

My wife Linda came along and did great in the race! Happy to have her running again after some health problems that have kept her out of racing for a while.

One fun challenge in the race is that for everybody who beats Kasey Kahne to the finish line, he donates an extra $105 to the Kasey Kahne Foundation. Last year he finished in 22:39, and since that’s close to the time I’ve been running I was looking forward to the challenge of trying to keep up. Unfortunately the storm had caused the Saturday NASCAR race to be canceled so he had to be at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 10 a.m., the same time this race was being held. He had his trainer, Ryan, take his place at the race so he was the man to beat. I stayed fairly close to Ryan throughout the race but never was able to catch him. He finished in 22:01 and I was 19 seconds behind him at 22:20 so I missed the cut, but not by a lot.


Of more concern to me was my own age group, 60 and over. As usual for me lately, I started taking walk breaks around a mile or so into the race. There’s a climb up a portion of the famous hill on Morehead that I was walking, and I was passed by a runner whose shirt had a message on the back: “It’s only a hill. Get over it.” Not only was the message an inspiration, but there was little doubt that he was over 60 years old. I cut the walk short and tried to catch up, and as we crested the hill I was able to pick up enough speed to pass him. During the last half of the race I’d take a glance back occasionally, and even though I was able to open a gap of maybe 100 yards he was still there, and when I’d take another walk he’d catch up a little more. As much as I wanted to keep running, I didn’t quite have enough stamina to keep it up so I’d take another walk break, and each time he’d close the gap a little more. Lucky for me the finish line came when it did. I managed to hold him off by 8 seconds. I waited at the finish line for him and we gave each other a congratulatory fist bump. I thanked him for pushing me along, and he said he ran faster because of me.


The age group award for 1st place was a $100 gift certificate to the Charlotte Running Company, there was a great medal for all finishers, the T-shirt is one I’ll actually wear, and the post-race party and food was excellent. It’s a race I hope to continue running every year.



Race Number:  354


Race Name:  Five Kahne 5k


Location:  NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina


Date:  October 9, 2016


Race Rating:  100







Weather at Start:  Sunny, 63 degrees, 42% humidity, wind NNW 8 mph.


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My Stats:




3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

All runners received a "Koozie Collapsible Kooler" that holds 6 cans.
All runners received a “Koozie Collapsible Kooler” that holds 6 cans.

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
0 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

All finishers received this great finishers medal. (Thanks to Bobby Aswell for the photo.)

5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

8 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
7 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

0 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
5 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
5 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  100

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